Principled Pragmatism in Practice: The EU’s Policy towards Russia after Crimea.
As the EU’s relations with Russia remain at an all-time low and continue to be in a state of paralysis, marked by de-institutionalisation, inertia and estrangement, the EU’s policy towards Russia seems up for review. By taking stock of the implementation of the EU’s Global Strategy and the five principles that are guiding EU-Russia relations, this volume provides a forward-looking angle and contributes to a better understanding of the current EU-Russia relationship and the prospects for overcoming the existing deadlock. By bringing together European and Russian scholars and adopting an interdisciplinary perspective that combines insights from EU studies, international relations, and European and international law, the book provides a comprehensive and holistic view on the state of affairs in EU-Russia relations.
This chapter aims at identifying the specificity of the EU’s policy towards Russia today as it comes out in Brussels’s interpretation of resilience. To achieve this goal, this chapter uses contemporary academic debates on the concept of resilience and on pragmatism. The chapter then identifies with the help of critical discourse analysis the most important connotations of the resilience concept in EU foreign policy documents as well as in the commentaries which clarify how these documents were developed. The section that follows is devoted to the normative dimension of the EU’s concept of resilience while the third section describes Russian activities in the international arena as a threat to the EU’s resilience and looks at how this conceptualisation of resilience leads to the perpetuation of geopolitical competition in the shared neighbourhood. The chapter concludes by reflecting on how future EU-Russia relations might develop on the basis of the concept of resilience.